Thursday, 29 July 2021

Reading Gardeners' Club

WE are delighted to welcome Tom Hart Dyke, a celebrated modern day plant hunter, to give an illustrated talk entitled “From captivity to a castle” next month.

Tom first shot to international prominence in 2000 when he was kidnapped in the Columbian jungle while on a plant-hunting expedition that went dangerously wrong.

Not knowing if he would live, he passed the time imagining building his dream garden at Lullingstone Castle in Kent, his ancestral home.

Now that dream garden is open to visitors.

He tells his story with passion and humour and has been called “the Chris Packham of the plant world” and “the new David Bellamy”.

The talk will take place in the hall at Caversham Primary School in Hemdean Road, Caversham, on Wednesday, March 8. Refreshments will be available from 7pm with the talk at 7.45pm.

There is plenty of parking in the school playground.

Tickets cost £5 for members, £7 for visitors, which includes refreshments. They are available from Gill Betts on 0118 947 7125 or email

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